Cake design happens in stages. There's the baking and then there's the decorating. Each stage has different activities that need to happen in order to be successful. Crumb coating is a necessary step to create a beautifully-smooth cake. Some refer to crumb coating as "dirty icing a cake". Either term means that you apply a thin layer of buttercream in order to seal the crumbs for the next step. If you skip this step, your frosting will have bits of crumbs showing through. Learn how to avoid that look and get the sleek finish that the pros achieve.
Simple Steps to Crumb Coat
Cake (well-chilled will work best)
A leveler, or a long serrated knife (Fat Daddio's Cake Leveler)
Offset spatula (Fat Daddio's Spatulas)
A bench scraper (Fat Daddio's Scrapers)
Turntable (Fat Daddio's Turntables)
Buttercream of your choice (Here's a great buttercream recipe)
The must-have tool for all cake decorators.
An offset spatula will keep your fingers out of the frosting!
For more inspiration, visit our Frosted board on Pinterest.